Countless people want to get slimmer for the summer to look stunning in their bathing suits. This is a great ambition, and you definitely can succeed with commitment and hard enough work. The good thing is that there is plenty of information about ways to lose weight available everywhere. Alas, this abundance also presents a problem. Some of the things you find in all those helpful articles are completely useless. In a few cases, these myths can do you some physical harm.
Today we’ll bust the most popular of them.
- As long as you exercise, you can eat whatever you want.
There is no arguing the fact that physical activity is an essential component of any weight loss program. You really can’t reshape your body without exercising, but your diet is just as important for achieving your ultimate goal. Junk food, alcohol, and sugary desserts will add fat to body at the pace no amount of jogging and yoga will match. Therefore, if you really want to shed a few extra pounds quickly and ensure that the change sticks, you will need to switch to a healthy well-balanced diet.
- Eating a large meal at night adds to your weight.
Eating a large unhealthy meal does this by default, and time plays no part in the equation. It’s WHAT you eat that matters most, not WHEN. Yes, there are some risks to late-night eating, but you won’t get overweight simply because you work long hours and have to eat dinner at night. Starving will get you nowhere, and you will actually do more harm to your body by repeatedly skipping meals.
- Fats make you fat.
This is one of the common prejudices that make people avoid eating nuts because they are packed with calories. However, fats or no fats, nuts are some of the best superfoods that make you an overall healthier person. What you need to understand here is that not all fats are the same. In simple terms, you should replace foods rich in trans fats (milk, biscuits, pastries, junk food, etc.) with the ones that provide your body with the healthier unsaturated fats (seeds, nuts, oily fish, avocado, olives, etc.). Don’t overindulge in these “good” foods and you should be able to stop gaining weight.
- Eating a lot of sugar causes diabetes.
Wonder how it’s connected to weight loss? It’s really strange, but many people believe that diabetes makes people fat. In reality, it works the other way round. Eating sugar does not cause diabetes, but being exceedingly overweight often does. It’s impossible to deny the connection between snacking on a chocolate cake every night and gaining some “extra tonnage”, but there is more to this problem. Eating a well-balanced diet will reduce the risk of diabetes and help you lose weight.
Taking supplements can replace a balanced diet.
No, it really cannot. In fact, if you try to do this, you will put your health in danger and will run the risk of dealing some permanent damage to your body. Supplements can be used to augment an efficient weight loss program. However, they alone will not be enough to solve your problems.